Lot 22
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Jean-Michel Atlan

150,000 - 200,000 EUR
249,000 EUR
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  • Jean-Michel Atlan
  • Aboda Zara
  • signed and dated 58; signed, titled and dated 58 on the stretcher
  • oil on canvas 


Galerie Bing, Paris
Collection Tanya Bing, Cannes
Galerie Melki, Paris
Sale: Perrin, Royere, Lajeunesse, 14 June 1987, lot 95
Collection Alain & Candice Fraiberger


Cannes, Galerie Tanya Bing, Atlan, December 1965 - February 1966; catalogue, no. 6
Valreas, Château de Simiane, Jean-Michel Atlan, July - August 1967; catalogue, no. 1


Jacques Polieri, Atlan, Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre complet, Paris, 1996, pp. 314, 315, no. 529, illustrated in colour 

Catalogue Note

Atlan is unclassifiable. His work is both abstract and figurative, expressionist and automatic, surrealist and primitivistic. His art escapes all dogmas. He upsets the traditional relationship between form and figure and breaks with perspective. Under the movements of his brush, the motif opens across the space of the canvas, creating strange contrasts and abandoning matter to itself. An unprecedented bestiary of forms appears. Shadows of buried gods and idols against which the treaty of Talmud Aboda Zara warns.

With its earthy tones and ancestral totems, its rhythmic composition and dramatic contrasts, Aboda Zara is placed under the sign of drama.  An antique and probably mythical drama through which Atlan attempts to regain the world of before. The better to understand the agitation of the world today.